CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Sustainability Fair and Share Day was a great success!  Held at the Blackstone Library in Branford, students set up elaborate interactive displays and shared with the public, family, and friends who attended the event.  Topics related to different renewable and nonrenewable energy sources and included geothermal, biomass, solar, wind, oil, natural gas, hydropower, and nuclear energy.

CELC Sustainability Fair at Blackstone Library in BranfordCELC’s theme this year was Ecology and Sustainability.  As part of this study, students learned about biomes, ecosystems, and environmental issues. They worked to understand a variety of topics, such as climate change and its related potential consequences, the benefits of locally-grown food, and clean water.  Students spent a week out-of-doors, living and learning at KROKA Expeditions in New Hampshire.   They learned firsthand what it might mean to live sustainably, living on the land, and employed KROKA’s motto “where consciousness meets wilderness” in an authentic way.  Students began to notice and state how “living simply can be very rich”.

Then, after months of research and preparation, students not only wrote a formal research paper about a specific energy source, but also applied their understanding of this study through displays and interactive activities, each created for the Sustainability Fair.  In addition to posters that contained a variety of factual information, visuals, graphs, and charts, there was a model to simulate a geothermal vent using dry ice, a model of a working hydropower plant, and a student-made movie about wind and its potential.  With great attention to detail, imagination, ingenuity, and dedication, the students produced outstanding work that clearly demonstrated the knowledge they acquired about their topics.

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“I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the theme presentations last Friday. I was particularly impressed with the presentations on nuclear power as well as on natural gas. I appreciated the fact that the presenters were well acquainted with the problems, with their solutions, and spoke knowledgeably about them. You two [Maria and Melinda, co-founders of CELC] are obviously doing great work. Your little school is the hidden treasure of the area. Keep up the good work.”    – Bruce W. (former elementary school teacher)